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World's Best Stand Up Paddlers To Compete In ... Chicago?

Fiji, France, Brazil, Hawaii – these are all stops on the 2012 Stand Up World Series, a global tour which features some of the top stand up paddle racers on the planet in what is arguably one of the world's fastest growing watersports. While the...

20 Of The World's Weirdest Beaches

20 Of The World's Weirdest Beaches Recently we told you about Expedia's Flip Flop Report and let you know the lowdown on beach behavior from around the world. We learned that the average beach vacation lasts 7.7 days, Germans are the most likely to sunbathe nude and Indians think it's important to find new...

How To: Stand Up Paddle Maui's Maliko Run

There's no denying stand up paddling is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet. Unheard of 10 years ago, waterways from Lake Tahoe to the Mekong River are now home to dedicated groups of paddlers who are stoked to walk on water. Aside from being a challenging...

Off The Grid Photo Series

Off The Grid Photo Series Nature is inspiring for humans (most humans). That's why we (most of us) long for fresh air, gasp at sunsets and use our free time to do things like hike, bike, walk, run, paddle, climb, cave and garden. Nature is so inspiring to some that they choose to live off the grid,...

5 Great Lakes Destinations: Explore The Outdoors Through Beachside Forests And Islands

5 Great Lakes Destinations: Explore The Outdoors Through Beachside Forests And Islands A thick streak of teal striped the water as we crossed over it on the Mackinac Bridge. The Mackinac Bridge connects Lower Michigan and Upper Michigan. The waters I marveled at as we crossed were to my right, making up Lake Huron. Lake Michigan was to my left. I never...

Nat Geo Announces 2012 Gear Of The Year

Nat Geo Announces 2012 Gear Of The Year Travelers and outdoor enthusiasts looking for the best new gear for their summer adventurers will want to check out National Geographic's Adventure Blog. Earlier this week the site announced its selections for Gear of the Year, with the best new tents, boots, gadgets and...

Museum Month: Kalaupapa National Historic Park And Leper Settlement, Molokai

Museum Month: Kalaupapa National Historic Park And Leper Settlement, Molokai Some people – me, for instance – tend to skip museums when traveling in favor of fresh air or outdoor recreation. It's always a treat when I can combine the two, especially because I'm fascinated by indigenous cultures. Though not considered museums in the...

Adventure Athletes Share Their Dream Destinations

Adventure Athletes Share Their Dream Destinations When your job already takes you to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, where exactly do you go when booking your own personal trip? That's the question that the National Geographic Adventure Blog recently put to some of the top adventure athletes in...

Video Of The Day: Lewis Colam Rowing From Miami to NYC

I stumbled across this video on Vimeo. It's an introduction video from Lewis Colam and the first of many to come. Lewis is a 24-year-old man from London. He's spending approximately three months rowing from Miami to New York City. He's doing all of this to raise money...

Tips For Staying Fit On The Road

Tips For Staying Fit On The Road At home I'm a health and fitness nut working out six days a week and eating a diet high in nutritional value. While this can sometimes be hard to maintain on the road, it isn't impossible. To help you stay in shape while traveling, here are some tips. Stop Thinking You're...

New Mapquest Website Allows Visitors To Explore National Parks

New Mapquest Website Allows Visitors To Explore National Parks A new website, powered by MapQuest, is giving travelers a unique way to plan their next visit to America's National Parks. The site, which has launched in beta form, features detailed profiles on all 58 National Parks in the system and provides visitors with information on...

Video Of The Day: Little Girls Surfing in Fiji

Days at the beach are, for many, the most righteous execution of freedom beneath the summer sun--especially if that beach is in a place like Fiji. A lot of people spend their summers doing something that I haven't yet learned how or even tried to do: surf. Somewhere...

Video: Kayaking Down Waterfall

Kayaking is an activity I find to be largely leisurely. I might once in a while push myself a little harder than usual while kayaking. I might even break a sweat. But I certainly don't ever kayak down a waterfall. Perhaps I'd try it if I felt mostly safe, but what these...

The National Parks Are Fee-Free For The Next Week

The National Parks Are Fee-Free For The Next Week Tomorrow marks the start of National Parks Week and to celebrate the National Park Service has waived all entry fees from April 21-29. That means that more than 100 parks that typically require visitors to pay at the gate will have free access for the next nine days. ...

British Woman Prepares To Row Across The Pacific

British Woman Prepares To Row Across The Pacific Last April we posted a story about Sarah Outen, an adventurous 26-year-old from the U.K. who had set out to circumnavigate the globe using nothing but her own power. Sarah called her journey the London2London expedition and over the past 12 months she has traveled by kayak...

10 Free Things To Do In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

10 Free Things To Do In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil For travelers heading to South America, Brazil is one of the more expensive countries on the continent. The popular Rio de Janeiro can be especially difficult to navigate on a budget. To help you plan a worthwhile trip to this beautiful area, here are 10 free things to do. ...

Get Inspired With Outdoor Minded Magazine

Get Inspired With Outdoor Minded Magazine If you've spent more than about 14 seconds with me in person you already know that I'm a freak for the outdoors. Surfing, trekking, biking, stand up paddling – anything to get me out of the house and into the outdoor air. Throw in some off the beaten track travel...

Facts By The Numbers For The 2012 Olympic Games In London

Facts By The Numbers For The 2012 Olympic Games In London Excited for the upcoming Olympics? While you may have a favorite athlete in mind or a specific team you're rooting for, there is actually a lot more that goes into preparing for the Olympic Games than working out and training. To give you a better idea, here are 20 things...

Adventurous Options In Turks And Caicos

Adventurous Options In Turks And Caicos While many people think of Turks and Caicos as being a relaxing beach getaway, the islands have a lot more to offer than just that. In fact, adventure enthusiasts will feel right at home with an array of daring options in a beautiful setting. Barefoot Waterskiing ...

Got Geoduck? An Epic Clam Dig On The Olympic Peninsula

Got Geoduck? An Epic Clam Dig On The Olympic Peninsula It's a drizzly late March morning at Hood Canal, a fjord-like arm of Washington State's Puget Sound two hours west of Seattle. The air is briny and pungent. Douglas-fir trees and fog-shrouded inlets dot the shoreline. Bald eagles soar overhead while dozens of harbor seals...

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